McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

State House

October 30, 2013

Termination of fire chief upheld by Kingfisher City Commission

KINGFISHER, Okla. — Kingfisher City Commission, in a special meeting Tuesday, upheld the termination of former Kingfisher Fire Chief Randy Poindexter.

Poindexter on Oct. 9 appealed his Sept. 25 termination by City Manager Dave Slezickey.

The commissioners voted 3 to 1 to uphold the termination after a two-hour meeting. A staff member in the Kingfisher City Clerk’s office said commissioners spent about an hour and a half of that time in executive session.

“Obviously we disagree with that decision,” said Matt Smith, Poindexter’s lawyer. “We gave the board ample evidence and argument that the reasons given for the termination were invalid and outlandish.”

Smith said Poindexter has a lot of support among Kingfisher residents.

“I would say at least 100 people took time out from their jobs and lives and turned out to support him,” Smith said.

Smith said Poindexter plans to remain in Kingfisher.

“Chief Poindexter is not leaving,” Smith said. “As far as the termination, we are in the process of exploring all options.”

Poindexter, who was fire chief about six years, received a Medal of Valor for his actions during flooding in 2007.

Smith said the reason only four of Kingfisher’s five commissioners voted on the appeal was because the mayor, Jack Stuteville, did not attend. Poindexter and Smith earlier asked the mayor recuse himself from participating in the appeal because of an unrelated lawsuit pending against the mayor and others filed by Poindexter’s brother, Chris Poindexter.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
State House
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando
NDN Video
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Broken Water Main Floods UCLA "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH)

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.